Steptronic transmission: BMW
BMW Digital Key allows the vehicle to be un‐
locked and locked, as well as started, with a
compatible smartphone, refer to page 53.
BMW Digital Key varies by country and may be
To unlock and start a vehicle with a compatible
smartphone, a digital key must be installed on
this smartphone. Digital keys are installed, man‐
aged and forwarded via the BMW Connected
A driver profile, refer to page 80, with individual
settings can be assigned to a digital key.
When using a smartphone with a digital key, al‐
ways carry a vehicle key with you too, so the ve‐
hicle can still be accessed even if your smart‐
phone is not working. It is also useful to carry the
vehicle key with you if the vehicle has to be
handed over to another person or a service cen‐
ter. You can then hand over the vehicle key, in‐
stead of your smartphone.
The vehicle is delivered with a key card. The key
card can be used in the same way as a compati‐
ble smartphone with a digital key.
A digital key that has already been paired with
the vehicle is installed on the key card. The digi‐
tal key must be activated via iDrive. A selection
can thereby be made whether the key card is
valid temporarily or permanently. A key card that
is valid temporarily looses its validity as soon as
the engine is started with another digital key or a
When you exit the vehicle, take the key card with
you, as it can be used to start the vehicle.
Connection to the vehicle
The communication between the vehicle and the
smartphone uses near-field communication,
The vehicle is unlocked with the outside door
handle on the driver's side. The smartphone
must be placed into the smartphone tray to pair a
digital key and to start the engine.
The vehicle also detects a digital key when the
smartphone is switched off.
▷ Active ConnectedDrive contract.
▷ The BMW Connected app is installed on a
▷ The rechargeable battery of the smartphone
has a sufficient charge. The necessary mini‐
mum charge of the rechargeable battery de‐
pends on the smartphone.
▷ A digital key for the vehicle is installed on the
▷ BMW Digital Key is activated for the vehicle.
The vehicle owner must present proof of authori‐
zation for his vehicle at the service center to be
able to use BMW Digital Key. It is possible to use
the key card without proving authorization.
The vehicle owner configures a digital key code
at the service center so that digital keys can be
transferred at a later time.
Purchasing digital keys
An initial digital key is provided in the BMW Con‐
nected app when the vehicle is purchased.
Additional digital keys can be purchased via the
BMW ConnectedDrive Store. The purchase of
digital keys can cause costs.
The period of validity of a digital key is limited.
The expiration date of the validity can be
checked in the BMW Connected app and in the
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